Top 20 Kant Quotes

We have collected the best Kant Quotes by famous authors including Paul Engle, Alfred Nobel, William James, Josiah Royce, Bernard Beckett and many others, we hope that among them you will find the right thought.

For my Oxford degree, I had to translate French and Ger
For my Oxford degree, I had to translate French and German philosophy (as it turned out, Descartes and Kant) at sight without a dictionary. That meant Germany for my first summer vacation, to learn the thorny language on my own.

Paul Engle
Kant’s style is so heavy that after his pure reason, the reader longs for unreasonableness.

Alfred Nobel
The ‘I think’ which Kant said must be able to accompany all my objects, is the ‘I breathe’ which actually does accompany them.

William James
The other aspect of idealism is the one which gives us our notion of the absolute Self. To it the first is only preparatory. This second aspect is the one which from Kant, until the present time, has formed the deeper problem of thought.

Josiah Royce
I respond well to what I read of Immanuel Kant’s idea that the world as we see it is absolutely a function of the way our brain works. In the modern parlance, it’s an evolved machine that we carry with us.

Bernard Beckett
The Copernican revolution brought about by Kant was, I think, the most important single turning point in the history of philosophy.

Bryan Magee
You could read Kant by yourself, if you wanted; but you must share a joke with some one else.

Robert Louis Stevenson
No real blood flows in the veins of the knowing subject constructed by Locke, Hume, and Kant, but rather the diluted extract of reason as a mere activity of thought.

Wilhelm Dilthey
I had read Plato and Kant, but I had forgotten it.

Barbara Sukowa
Kant introduced the concept of the negative into philosophy. Would it not also be worthwhile to try to introduce the concept of the positive into philosophy?

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Kant taught us that we should follow just those rules of conduct that we would want everybody to follow. Few find this generalization of The Golden Rule a great help.

Ian Hacking
My conscience is informed by reason. It’s like Kant’s categorical imperative: behave to others as you would wish they behaved to you.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers. But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.

Alain de Botton
Duty is for Kant the One and All. Out of the duty of gratitude, he claims, one has to defend and esteem the ancients; and only out of duty has he become a great man.

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Kant described beauty as a feeling of ungraspability: this is why the beauty experience is beyond concept.

Timothy Morton
All praise to the masters indeed, but we too could produce a Kant or a Hugo.

Jose Clemente Orozco
The trouble with Germans is not that they fire shells, but that they engrave them with quotations from Kant.

Karl Kraus
You can read Kant by yourself, if you wanted to; but you must share a joke with someone else.

Robert Louis Stevenson
Immanuel Kant famously claimed that ‘he who wills the ends wills the means,’ but he never spent much time in Washington.

Elliott Abrams
Well, I don’t know if I can comment on Kant or Hegel because I’m no real philosopher in the sense of knowing what these people have said in any detail so let me not comment on that too much.

Roger Penrose